Located in the Ambalavananendal village in the Pudukkottai district, this temple has a very interesting legend associated with it. It is believed that for 10 years, a lamp was lit at this temple using water instead of oil. The story goes that a sincere devotee of Lord Muruga, called Arunachalam Udayar, had promised to pray to Lord Muruga every Panguni Uthiram, by walking to Palani. Unfortunately on one occasion, he suffered from a serious illness. In spite of that, he managed to reach Palani. After reaching Palani, Arunachalam Udayar prayed to Lord Muruga to end his life because he would no longer be able to keep up his promise to the Lord. Lord Muruga, however, appeared in his dream and told him to perform a puja to the Vel that the temple priest would give him and that he could take it to his village and pray there, for that itself would be equivalent to praying at Palani. Arunachalam Udayar, was sad that he did not have any money to buy oil to light a lamp, but the Lord told him to light the lamp using water. The next day, the temple priest gave Arunachalam Udayar the vel and he got it back to his village. Since then, he performed puja to the vel for 10 years, by lighting a lamp using water, till he attained salvation. Another story says that at a time when farmers had to travel more than 100 km to gather stones for building this temple, Lord Muruga helped them overcome their problems and made them build this temple. It is believed that Lord Muruga protects the village from harm.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To get married
- To be blessed with children
- To get good farm yields
- For welfare of cattle
- To succeed in exams
- For safe travel
Shadaananam Chandana Liptha Gathram Mahorasam Divya Mayoora Vaahanam Rudrasya Soonum Suraloka Naatham Brahmanya Devam Charanam Prapadye
Meaning -I always take refuge in the 6 faced Lord Guha, who has sandal paste smeared over his body, who is broad-chested, whose vehicle is the peacock, who is Lord Shiva's son and who leads the army of the Devas.
Heyswami Natha Karunakara Dheenabandho Shree Parvatheesha Mukha Pankaja Padmabandho Shree Saadhi Devagana Poojitha Padha Padma Vallesa Nadha Mama Dehi Karaavalambham
Meaning -O! Merciful Lord Swaminatha, who cares for the poor, who is the sun to Lord Shiva's lotus face, whose lotus feet are acknowledged by Lord Vishnu and the others, Valli's Lord, please uplift me by lending me your hand.
Ariru Thadanthozh Vazhga Arumugam Vazhga Veppai Kooru Sei Thanivel Vazhga Kukkudum Vazhga Sevvel Yeriya Magnai Vazhga Aanai Thun Anangu Vazhga Maarila Valli Vazhga Vazhga Seer Adiyar Yellam
Meaning -Oh Muruga, we hail your 12 strong shoulders for they protect us from our enemies, we hail your 6 faces, we hail the Vel, your weapon that broke apart the Krounja mountain to reveal the asura in it. We hail the bird, the cock, that is part of your symbol in the flag. We hail your peacock, that takes you all over the world, we hail your consort Devyani, who was brought up by Indra's white elephant, Airavadam, we hail your other consort, the flawless Valli. And we hail your Bhaktas who worship you as a prayer.
Uruvai Aruvai Uladhai Iladhai Maruvai Malarai Maniyai Oliyai Karuvai Uyirai Gadhiyai Vidhiyai Guruvai Varuvai Arulvai Guhaney
Meaning -O Lord Muruga, you have form and you are formless, you have everything and have nothing, you who exist in the smallest, in flowers, in a bell's ring, in the light. You are the embryo, the life, destiny and fate. Bestow your blessings on us as our guru.
6:30 AM to 8:30 AM 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM